President Biden’s dog, Commander, has been removed from the White House campus, amid multiple biting incidents and aggressive behavior.
“The President and First Lady care deeply about the safety of those who work at the White House and those who protect them every day,” the spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“They remain grateful for the patience and support of the US Secret Service and all involved, as they continue to work through solutions. Commander is not presently on the White House campus while next steps are evaluated.”
She did not say where the dog was currently living or if it would eventually return to the White House.
The statement was released shortly after CNN reported that Commander had been involved in more than the 11 biting incidents acknowledged by the Secret Service.
Just last week, Commander bit a Secret Service agent who required medical treatment at the scene.
It was the 11th time the dog has bitten a guard at the White House complex or at the family home in Delaware.
It said the real number was higher, with one bite requiring hospital treatment and others needing medical attention from on-site staff.
The White House press secretary has previously blamed the attacks on the stress of living at the residence. “As you all know, the White House complex can be unique and very stressful,” Karine Jean-Pierre said in July.
“It is unique and it is stressful for all of us. So you can imagine what it’s like for a family pet or family pets, more broadly,” she added.
That same month, White House officials said they were attempting new training techniques on Commander following the biting incidents.